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Rising number of prostitutes a security threat

15 January 2014, 13:34 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - Residents of Likoni mainland are decrying the rising number of commercial sex workers in the area, saying it is a security threat to them and their children.

The residents are saying that it hard for them to send their children to bed early enough to keep them from listening to the dirty language used by the drunk twilight girls as they serve their customers.

Speaking to the media Tuesday, Lucy Kimani, a mother of three who resides in a rental apartment owned by a senior bar and restaurant businessman in Likoni said that it is normal for used condoms to be found anywhere, making it insecure for them to leave their children alone during play time.

“This is making it dangerous for children to play outside as it is very easy for them to play with the used condoms. The number of the sex workers here has almost tripled and one wonders where all these women have come from,” said Lucy during an interview with the media.

Peter Makiya, a security guard at the Office Restaurant in Likoni confirmed that indeed the number of the girls has gone up with men as old as 40 years sleeping with girls fit to be their daughters.

Makiya said that there is stiff competition in the industry and the only survive strategy for the girls is the ability to serve customers anywhere and avoid expenses of lodgings, making it easy for used condoms to be disposed anywhere.

A girl who has been in the business for some time revealed that prevailing market conditions have forced them to accept as low as KES 50.

It is feared that a large number of the available prostitutes could engage in other crime activities, necessitating the appeal for heightened security patrols.

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